Rebuild

2019, color

I grew up in this bustling city of Shanghai. Whenever I went to the city center and looked at them under the dense buildings, I felt a sense of oppression. Later, when I traveled to other equally prosperous cities, such as New York and Hong Kong, I felt the same way. I think those tall buildings are not built in cities, but instead, they engulf the city. For me, these cities surrounded by high-rise buildings are just as easy to get lost as the Internet world.

 

Sometimes I even dream about the buildings. I imagine myself razing those buildings, or, I have a magic to make them grotesque.

 

I searched the relevant images of the city in Wikipedia and re-edited the photos with computer software. I rebuilt the city and presented the city in a modeled manner in my mind. Due to the limited autonomy and initiative of the computer software coding program, every step of my operation may have a different effect. I am very surprised by the rise of improvisation and chance. There is an interesting inner logic in the final picture, and it also produces a wonderful sense of humor and poetry.

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© Junwei Chen, 2020